Weekly Prospect Spotlight, April 17-23

A look at a Padres prospect or two from each level of the system that had a noteworthy week.  Yes, Michael Gettys striking out 12 times in six games and Ruddy Giron hitting a walkoff dinger are certainly noteworthy, but these are a few guys who have really impressed the past week. Oh, and Franchy Cordero is slugging .492, so don’t look at any of his other numbers, he’s great and should be loved by all.

 

Dinelson Lamet – SP, El Paso Chihuahuas (Triple-A)

5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 13 K, 3 BB

Go figure, in the most hitter-friendly place in the Padres farm system, the star of the week goes to a pitcher.  In his third start of the season, Dinelson Lamet set a Chihuahuas team record with 13 strikeouts.  More impressive is the fact that the Tacoma Rainers (Seattle Mariners affiliate) entered the game with the fewest strikeouts in the Pacific Coast League.  Lamet needed 96 pitches to set the record, and of his three hits allowed, only a homer by Gordon Beckham did any damage.  With a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings this year, there’s a nice chance that we could see Lamet in San Diego before the end of the season.

 

Luis Urías – SS, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)

12 for 22 (.545), 6 2B, 2 3B, 7 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K

Nobody had a better week in the Padres farm system than Luis Urías.  The 19-year-old has been leading off and playing shortstop for the Missions, and hit safely in every game he played in last week. He had back to back 4 for 5 games, including falling a homer short of the cycle (in his last plate appearance, he tripled for the second time).  If you haven’t jumped on the Urías bandwagon yet (pronounced oo-REE-ahs), now is the time.  His .350 batting average is tied for fourth in the Texas League, and his 1.068 OPS is second, behind only his teammate Nick Schultz.

 

Franmil Reyes – RF/DH, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)

10 for 25 (.400), 1 HR, 2 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K

Franmil Reyes hit 16 homers and struck out 108 times last year in Lake Elsinore, and he appears to be on a similar trajectory in Double-A (though his walk rate has dipped from 11.5% to 5% in an admittedly small sample size).  The 6’5” Dominican played four of his six games last week in right field and the other two as a designated hitter, for what it’s worth.  He and the aforementioned Schultz man the corner outfield positions and provide the Missions with power in the middle of the lineup, with Schultz being four years older than the 21-year-old Reyes.

 

Chris Baker – 2B, Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A)

10 for 28 (.357), 4 2B, 4 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 SB

Drafted out of the University of Washington in the 17th round of last year’s draft, Chris Baker was a doubles machine last week, tallying four of them in seven games.  The 22-year-old got off to a slow start in 2017, but seems to have found his groove at the top of the order, moving his batting average up by 50 points in a week.  With all the hype around the pitching in Lake Elsinore, the offense has been subpar, to say the least.  Hopefully Baker can keep things moving while we wait for Michael Gettys (42% strikeout rate), Ruddy Giron (.567 OPS), or Javier Guerra (.143/.206/.254) to heat up.

 

Josh Naylor – 1B, Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A)

9 for 25 (.360), 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 SB

Speaking of heating up, Josh Naylor has done just that.  Not only did he hit his first two homers of the year, the big first baseman even stole a pair of bases against the Inland Empire 66ers (California Angels affiliate*).  He didn’t use any of that speed to get any other extra base hits, though he has three doubles on the season and is slugging a modest .370.  For the reputation that the Cal League has as a hitters paradise, it will be interesting to see if he can flex some muscle and become the slugger he was scouted as (he slugged just .353 in 33 games with Lake Elsinore last year).

 

Cal Quantrill – SP, Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A)

5.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K

In his third start of the season (and following a rough start in which he gave up five earned runs in as many innings), Cal Quantrill bounced back and shut down the Inland Empire.  He hit batters in each of his first two starts (and a gave up a less-alarming two walks in each), but didn’t issue any free passes this time.  After mowing down hitters in the first four innings, he ran into trouble after a pair of no out doubles and an error produced two runs.  He was able to settle down and retire the side without further damage.  He and Joey Lucchesi (6 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K in his last start) are more than worth the drive up the I-15 if they’re scheduled to pitch.

 

Hudson Potts – 3B, Fort Wayne Tincaps (Single-A)

11 for 32 (.343), 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K

The 18-year-old first rounder joins a slew of young Padres prospects (17-year-old Eguy Rosario and 18-year-olds Fernando Tatis Jr. and Reinaldo Ilarraza) who are making adjustments to professional pitching.  While Tatis Jr. has the higher ceiling, Potts’ 24% strikeout rate is a little more palatable than Tatis Jr.’s 34%.  Potts is still a ways away from the majors, but the Tincaps are the most interesting team to follow in the Padres farm system, and Potts seems to be leading the way on the offense.

 

Logan Allen – SP, Fort Wayne Tincaps (Single-A)

5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Do Single-A teams have “aces”?  If they do, 19-year-old Logan Allen might qualify (though it was 23-year-old Jesse Scholtens who got the opening day start) for Fort Wayne.  Acquired in the Craig Kimbrel trade with the Boston Red Sox (which also brought Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, and Javier Guerra to San Diego), Allen threw an 80-pitch gem, not allowing a hit in five innings to the Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate), while striking out seven.  Allen now has 20 K’s in 13 innings this year, to go along with a sparkling 2.08 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and .093 batting average against.

 

* I don’t know if anybody still calls them the “California” Angels, but I like that better than whatever they’re called right now, so I’m going with that.

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